Courses

Undergraduate Communication and Difference Courses

COM 289 Communication, Power, and Difference
Explores how communication – from face-to-face to mass media messages – reinforces or challenges conceptions of power, privilege, and difference along racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, class, ability, religion, and other important lines. Examines how communication practices, particularly media, shape inequality as well as our understanding of ourselves and the world.

COM 389 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media
Introduction to media representations of gender, race, and sexuality. Offered: jointly with AES 389/GWSS 389.

COM 488 Race, Gender, and Power in Asian American Media
Examines the cultural, political, and social facets of Asian American media since 1915 within such key issues as racial and sexist stereotypes, white privilege and hegemony, identity, and agency and empowerment. Informed by critical theories of race and ethnicity.

COM 489 Black Cultural Studies
Examines how images of blackness have been (re)constructed through identity formation and entrenched inequality. Topics include black women’s bodies, black men’s bodies, blackface minstrelsy, black queer studies, black power, and black hybridities. Offered: jointly with AES 489/GWSS 489.

COM 490 Representing Beyond the Binaries: Mixing Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media
Cultural studies approach to examining the mixed formations that race, sexuality, and gender take in the contemporary United States media. Draws upon multi-disciplinary scholarship in examination of the media. Offered: jointly with AES 490/GWSS 486.

COM 492 Re-Conceptualizing Communication and Difference Abroad
Re-thinking narratives of race, beauty, intelligence, culture, politics, and power while immersed in a new culture. Methodological, theoretical, and epistemological skills that cultural studies scholars use to “read” culture. Interviews, participant observations, and critical examination of newspapers, television programs, billboards, brochures, etc.

Graduate Communication and Difference Courses

COM 518 Cultural Studies Methods
Explores the history and methods of cultural studies. Introduces major debates in the field. Applies cultural studies methods to various artifacts.

COM 519 Visual Cultural Studies Methods
Explores the history and methods of visual culture. Introduces major debates in the field. Applies visual cultural studies methods to various artifacts.

COM 563 Black Cultural Studies
Takes a critical approach to studying media representations of blackness. Drawing upon traditions in African studies and cultural studies, students engage through theory and practice by presenting on academic works, historicizing events, and unpacking cultural texts.

COM 567 Gender, Race, and Communication
Analysis of the role of media in the construction of reality, production processes, and their influence on media representation of women and people of color. Offered: jointly with GWSS 589.

COM 597 Mass Media and Asian Americans

CDRG members also frequently take classes in the following departments:

 

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